The myth, magic and mysticism of Kabbalah

Course Dates: 07/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

From its roots in Jewish mysticism, kabbalah has spread through Western culture, attracting everyone from magicians to alchemists to Madonna. We’ll explore the allure of kabbalah as we discuss its essential history, themes, and symbols.

Description

What is the course about?

o The history of kabbalah: its origins in medieval Spain, its spread in both Jewish and Christian communities in Europe, its adoption by the Western magical tradition, and its contemporary manifestations in alternative religious groups like the Kabbalah Centre.
o The central practices and beliefs of Kabbalah, including meditation, prayer, cosmic balance, divine gender relationships, and mystical union with the divine.
o Some important symbols of Kabbalah, including the Tree of Life and Shekinah, the feminine aspect of God.

What will we cover?

o The history of kabbalah: its origins in medieval Spain, its spread in both Jewish and Christian communities in Europe, its adoption by the Western magical tradition, and its contemporary manifestations in alternative religious groups like the Kabbalah Centre.
o The central practices and beliefs of Kabbalah, including meditation, prayer, cosmic balance, divine gender relationships, and mystical union with the divine.
o Some important symbols of Kabbalah, including the Tree of Life and Shekinah, the feminine aspect of God.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

o Describe a number of central practices, symbols and concepts in kabbalah.
o Identify some of the main religious groups interested in kabbalah.
o Explain why kabbalah has proved attractive to contemporary alternative religious movements.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course, so no prior knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course will alternate between lecture sessions, group discussion, and interaction with short texts, images, and videos. No work outside of class will be required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no other costs, but please bring an open mind, respect for opinions different than your own, and paper and
pen.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see City Lit's website at www.citylit.ac.uk for the full range of courses in religion and belief.

Reviews
Tutor Biographies
Aren Roukema

Aren Roukema is a PhD researcher at Birkbeck, University of London, specialising in research of esoteric movements like Spiritualism, Theosophy, Magic, and Kabbalah, with particular focus on the literary influences of these tradititions. He recently published a monograph detailing some of the interactions between esotericism and literature called "Esotericism and Narrative: The Occult Fiction of Charles Williams" (Brill, 2018), and has also published articles on these subjects in peer-reviewed journals, as well as a chapter in "The Occult Imagination in Britain: 1875-1947" (Routledge, 2018), called “Naturalists in Ghost Land: Victorian Occultism and Science Fiction.” Aren is Editor of Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism, and founder of the London Science Fiction Research Community. For the last five years Aren has been teaching the odd course on esoteric or alternative religious movements at City Lit. He very much enjoys the diversity and student enthusiasm he's encountered at the college.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HRS25

Sat, day, 07 Mar - 07 Mar '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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